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Search Consultant/Senior Search Consultant


Search Consultant/Senior Search Consultant

  • R0041403
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Human Resources Group
  • The University of Virginia
The Executive Search Group (ESG) is an innovative in-house executive search firm within the Office of the President at the University of Virginia (UVA). Our unique model combines executive search expertise with deep knowledge of UVA and trusted relationships to recruit exceptional talent for senior level positions across the academic enterprise, health system, and affiliated foundations.

Our Executive Search Consultants work in close collaboration with leadership, search committees, and the community, in support of the University’s Great and Good 2030 Strategic Plan , by strengthening our foundation through the recruitment of talented and diverse faculty and staff who further the institution’s pursuit of excellence and ensure the continued success of the University for future generations.

ESG has recruited over 300 individuals in the last ten years and has recruited 27 of the 42 members of the current senior leadership team. The model is working and there is high demand for ESG’s services. The leaders ESG recruits stay 7x longer than the national average.

ESG is seeking to add to their team, at the Search Consultant or Senior Search Consultant level. The position will report to the Executive Director , and has responsibility for the full life cycle of searches at the senior leadership level. There is no greater reward in search than seeing your hired candidates thrive and having a significant, positive impact on the organization. As part of the Office of the President, ESG engages in many events throughout the year in support of the University.

The Search Consultant/Senior Search Consultant will be fully responsible for owning and executing executive level searches. Candidates will be well versed in all aspects of executive search or come from a role and field that is highly transferable.

  • Creating robust search strategies to identify and attract the best, most diverse talent
  • Conducting research, along with dedicated support, to map target organizations with top talent and sources to refer potential candidates
  • Contacting passive candidates directly, conducting prescreening interviews, preparing candidate reports, calibrating candidates with decision makers
  • Developing prospects into candidates through engagement and assessment
  • Organizing and facilitating stakeholder sessions
  • Writing position specifications, creating recruiting reports and presentations
  • Managing communication with hiring official, search chair, and search committee
  • Facilitating all stages of interviews: video, in-person, high touch on-site visits with stakeholders; leading debriefs, performing 360 reference checks, and assisting in negotiations, employment offers, and on boarding
  • Developing innovative ways to continue to raise the bar on how ESG recruits its talent

Critical Success Factors

  • Empathetic listener and compelling communicator, able to effectively engage executive stakeholders
  • Facilitate meetings of diverse stakeholder groups and facilitate decision making, articulate complex arguments in a succinct and professional manner
  • Learns new domains quickly to understand and apply knowledge into search strategies
  • Brief and prepare leadership for productive meetings and interviews
  • Strategic thinker that stays on top of operational execution
  • Superior client and candidate service orientation
  • Mission, purpose, and values driven
  • Outstanding relationship skills; builds credibility and trust
  • Strong analytical and project management skills
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Calm under pressure with the ability to juggle multiple high priority searches
  • Team player, results oriented, committed to diversity
  • Tact and high judgement; know when to advise and when to listen, unquestionable integrity and ability to work on highly confidential searches

Required Experience

  • Search Consultant: Search firm, nonprofit and/or corporate recruiting experience with a focus on senior management level candidate generation; consideration will be given to professionals with experience in roles with transferrable skills. 4+ years of experience.
  • Senior Search Consultant: Progressive search firm, nonprofit and/or corporate recruiting experience with a focus on executive level candidate generation in a complex and competitive market; consideration will be given to accomplished professionals with significant experience in roles with highly transferrable skills. Higher education experience preferred. 7+ years of experience.
  • Education requirement for both positions: Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

The University

The University of Virginia (UVA) ranks as one of the top Universities in the nation. A vibrant and student-centric institution, UVA is animated by the forward-looking spirit of its founder, Thomas Jefferson. In 2022, the University was ranked third best public university by U.S. News & World Report. In the 20 plus years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has been in the top four, and it has consistently ranked in the Top 30 among the best of all national universities, public and private. UVA brings together a diverse global community of approximately 25,000 students, hailing from virtually every state in the nation and 111 countries. UVA encompasses twelve schools in Charlottesville, as well as the College at Wise, a small, liberal-arts college in Southwest Virginia, and its newest campus in

Northern Virginia. In Charlottesville, the University employs nearly 30,000 people, including approximately 16,000 faculty and staff and approximately 12,000 UVA Health employees.

For more information on the University of Virginia visit https://www.virginia.edu/

To Apply or Nominate

To express interest in this opportunity, please upload a cover letter and resume. For questions, or if you are nominating an individual, contact Catherine Lindqvist, Executive Director, UVA Executive Search Group, at catherinelindqvist@virginia.edu . The search will be carried out with full confidentiality.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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